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AIDS Vaccine Trial Produces Disappointment and Confusion

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Science  28 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5611, pp. 1290-1291
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5611.1290

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VaxGen says that when the data from its first-ever real-world test of an AIDS vaccine were broken down into racial groups, the vaccine appeared to have worked in black, Asian, and mixed-race participants. But hours after VaxGen made the data public, AIDS researchers began pasting asterisks and red flags all over the results.